Irish Sweets: Yellow Man

Food & Drink
March 22, 2010 10:52 am

The other week I was watching the Food Network while getting in my cardio at the gym (ironic, I know), and the Bobby Flay special “Tasting Ireland” was on. I was intrigued, because all I’m aware Ireland’s homeland cuisine consists of is meat and potatoes, which is an impression I’m sure many others share. Inspired by Bobby Flay and his brethren, once home (and showered), I began to investigate Irish recipes. I wanted something simple, traditional and sweet, I decided. After some digging, I settled on Yellow Man, an Irish toffee candy.

Below is a little video I shot of my attempts, which in the end, I declare successful despite some small setbacks. (Overheard in the background at one point is my roommate Hannah, by the way.) The Yellow Man tasted like butterscotch and was much stickier and chewier than I expected, but still good. The recipe, which I followed as closely as possible — no candy thermometer to be found, oops — is courtesy of Saveur and can be found here.

My recommendations: Place the pan in the refrigerator to accelerate cooling, which I can almost guarantee will take longer than 30 minutes. And if you have a filling or anything else in your mouth you think could easily get yanked out, I would probably choose something else for dessert. Perhaps “Rhubarb Financiers with Vanilla Ice Cream and Poached Rhubarb“? Maybe next year’s St. Patrick’s Day will inspire me to tackle that one.

Karina for TKGO

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